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Starwood Preferred Guest Celebrates Wrigley Field's 100th Birthday With The Cubs And SPG Members »

March 18, 2014 at 5:43AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Preferred Guest and the Chicago Cubs 'Play Ball' with Exclusive SPG Cubs Moments for the Second Consecutive Year
CHICAGO - March 18, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), enters its second year in partnership with the Chicago Cubs, bringing VIP experiences and offers throughout the 2014 Cubs season. SPG also joins the Cubs in celebration of the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field, the team's iconic ballpark.
"Just like Chicago fans love their Cubs, SPG has created deep bonds with our members. We earn their dedication by listening to them and delivering great benefits that give them unparalleled access to once-in-a-lifetime experiences like those we're offering with the Cubs," said Mark Vondrasek, Senior Vice President, Distribution, Loyalty and Partnership Marketing...

Hyatt Hotels Corporation Holds First Investor Meeting »

March 17, 2014 at 9:20AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

CHICAGO - March 14, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation ("Hyatt" or the "Company") (NYSE: H) announced today that it is holding the first Investor Meeting in the Company’s history.
Mark S. Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, said, "Since our initial public offering in 2009, Hyatt has continued to execute on its goal of becoming the most preferred brand in each customer segment that we serve. We have demonstrated high quality system growth, entered more than 70 new markets and doubled our base of executed contracts for future growth. We have effectively recycled capital and returned more than $800 million to shareholders while maintaining a strong balance sheet."
Mr...

Hyatt Regency To Return To Guadalajara, Mexico »

March 17, 2014 at 7:56AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara Expected to Open in Late 2016
CHICAGO - March 13, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate ("Hyatt") has entered into a joint venture and related agreements with an affiliate of Desarrolladora Mexicana de Inmuebles, S.A. de C.V. ("DMI") for the development and management of a Hyatt Regency hotel in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara marks the return of Hyatt to the city after a more than 17-year absence and will be the fifth Hyatt Regency-branded hotel in Mexico.
"We are delighted to be working with DMI and to build further on Hyatt's strong brand equity and excellent portfolio of hotels in the country. The Andares complex is an impressive development and Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara will be a fantastic complement to Andares and the community"
Hyatt Regency Andares Guadalajara will be located in the upscale area of Zapopan in the northwestern section of Guadalajara...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens Hotel In Winnipeg, MB, Canada »

March 17, 2014 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Brand Continues Expansion in Canada with 12th Property Opening in Market
March 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // WINNIPEG, MB and MCLEAN, Va. – Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotels, announced today the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Winnipeg Airport – Polo Park. The four-story, 113-suite hotel is the brand’s twelfth property in Canada and is owned by MLS Management, Ltd. It is managed by Atlific Hotels. Appointed General Manager Guy Hamilton has been in the hotel industry for 26 years, and will be supported by Director of Sales Sandra Rosenberg.
"We are thrilled to welcome the Homewood Suites Winnipeg Airport – Polo Park to our family of hotels, bringing our portfolio in Canada to 12 hotels," said Bill Duncan, global head, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton...

CruiseOne® Attracting Younger Generation Of Franchise Owners »

March 17, 2014 at 4:05AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

High School Senior from Texas Becomes Franchise’s Youngest Owner
March 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne®, a leading home-based travel franchise as part of World Travel Holdings, announces that it is seeing a shift toward a younger generation of travel agents in its franchise system. In fact, one of its newest travel franchisees is an 18-year-old high school senior.
"Work-life balance is ranked as one of the most important factors millennials when considering a career choice, and owning a franchise is all about creating a lifestyle," said Tim Courtney, CFE, vice president of franchise development for CruiseOne. "This makes owning a CruiseOne travel franchise an appealing option to this younger generation who not only have a thirst for travel, but also an independent and business-minded attitude...

Choice Hotels' Steve Joyce Named Chairman Of The International Franchise Association »

March 14, 2014 at 5:21AM PDT | Source: Choice Hotels

ROCKVILLE, Md. - March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest hotel companies, is pleased to announce today that its president and CEO, Steve Joyce, has assumed the chairmanship of the International Franchise Association (IFA).
"It's an honor to be chairman of the IFA, and I look forward to working closely with the IFA executive committee and board of directors as we represent and advocate for pro-growth policies that support the interests of franchisors, franchisees and suppliers," commented Steve Joyce.
With a career in the lodging industry spanning over three decades, Joyce has led Choice Hotels since 2008, and has a proven track record of developing and growing some of the best-known hotel brands in markets worldwide...

CruiseOne Offering Opportunity For Home-Based Travel Franchise »

March 14, 2014 at 4:44AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Fort Lauderdale, FL - March 13, 2014 - (PR.com) - World leading travel retailer, CruiseOne has announced that they are offering business savvy professionals across the nation the opportunity to operate their own home-based travel franchise. The company’s franchise ownership system enables owners to earn 100% of the industry’s highest paid commissions and helps them build their own personal franchise through comprehensive training programs that cover the fundamentals of the travel industry, franchise growth and customer engagement in the sales process.
Many entrepreneurs are now reviewing the business landscape to find an opportunity that will allow them to be their own boss. One of the challenges within this search is finding a tangible opportunity that offers a proven successful track record within a growing marketplace...

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Appoints 350 Dedicated Club Managers Worldwide To Further Enhance The Sheraton Club Experience »

March 13, 2014 at 4:47AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Sheraton Club Managers will Deliver Highly Personalized Service and Attention to Club Guests; Following $120 million Investment, Sheraton Club is now a $500 Million Business
STAMFORD, Conn. - March 12, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sheraton Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:HOT) today announced the appointment of 350 full-time Club Managers to its Sheraton Club lounges worldwide. Club Managers will offer a range of personalized services as part of the Sheraton brand’s continued effort to enhance the Club experience. This initiative comes on the heels of a $120 million investment to upgrade Sheraton Club lounges across the globe, which resulted in a 125% increase in Club bookings. Sheraton Club is now a $500 million business, driving 15-20% of total revenue at each Sheraton and far exceeding initial forecasts for the premium upgrade offering from Starwood’s largest and most global brand...

Hilton Worldwide Expands Presence In San Francisco Bay Area With Launch Of DoubleTree By Hilton San Francisco Airport North »

March 13, 2014 at 4:09AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

SAN FRANCISCO and MCLEAN, Va. - March 6, 2014 - Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of the new DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport North. Situated just 2.5 miles from San Francisco International Airport and four miles from downtown San Francisco, the contemporary 210-room hotel boasts stunning views of the San Francisco Bay and Marina, as well as convenient access to the area's most popular attractions, including Alcatraz, Chinatown and the Moscone Convention Center. DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport North is owned by Summit Hotel Trs 114, LLC and managed by Stonebridge Companies.
"We are delighted to expand our presence in San Francisco and deliver the upscale, full-service hotel experience that both business and leisure travelers are seeking in one of the most vibrant cities in the world," said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton...

Wyndham Rewards To Give Away 10 Million Points »

March 11, 2014 at 9:24AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Loyalty Program Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
PARSIPPANY, NJ - (Marketwired - Mar 11, 2014) - In celebration of its milestone 10 year anniversary, Wyndham Rewards®, the only hotel loyalty program to offer Guaranteed Rewards after just one qualified stay, is giving members a chance to win their share of more than 10 million Wyndham Rewards points.Now through the end of December, members can enter daily for their chance to win by visiting www.wyndhamrewards.com/10year and answering a brief trivia question about the program, participating hotel brands or travel in general.
Each month, 10 lucky winners will be chosen at random from among all eligible entries to receive 100,000 Wyndham Rewards points each, enough for 10 free nights or more at thousands of hotels around the world...

Starwood Hotels' Eco-Wise Element Brand To Break Ground In Doral, Florida »

March 11, 2014 at 5:56AM PDT | Source: Element Hotels

Element Miami Doral will join Aloft Miami Doral as part of a Dual-Hotel Development near Leading Attractions, Upscale Shopping and Downtown Miami
STAMFORD, Conn. - March 11, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced that its trailblazing Element brand is gaining momentum in Florida with plans for a second hotel in the Miami metropolitan area. A groundbreaking ceremony for Element Miami Doral will take place on March 11 at 4pm with Doral Mayor Luigi Boria and other local officials in attendance, as well as several Starwood executives. The new Element is expected to open in July of 2015 as part of a dual-hotel development, joining Aloft Miami Doral which opened in March 2013...

IHG® Signs Holiday Inn Express® Moscow - Sheremetyevo Airport »

March 11, 2014 at 5:43AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

March 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's largest hotel companies has announced the signing of Holiday Inn Express® Moscow - Sheremetyevo Airport. The hotel will operate under a management agreement with Palmira LLC.
Holiday Inn Express Moscow - Sheremetyevo Airport will be a new build property with 192 rooms and will open in 2017. The hotel is perfectly positioned adjacent to terminals D, E and F at Sheremetyevo Airport, Russia's second largest airport serving the capital and surrounding regions. The hotel is set to attract demand from domestic and international travelers as well as airline crew.The signing comes only months before Russia's first Holiday Inn Express hotel is due to open - Holiday Inn Express Voronezh...

IHG Launches New Holiday Inn Express® Hotel Near Los Angeles »

March 10, 2014 at 11:53AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

Conveniently Located Close To The North Hollywood Arts District
ATLANTA - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] today announced the opening of the new Holiday Inn Express North Hollywood hotel. With the addition of this 80-room property, IHG now has five Holiday Inn Express hotels in the Los Angeles and Hollywood areas with an additional 19 Holiday Inn Express hotels in the pipeline for California.
Located at 11350 Burbank Blvd., the five-story hotel features 80 guest rooms and is close to the historical North Hollywood Arts District. The hotel is also just a short drive away from premier entertainment and shopping destinations such as Universal Studios Hollywood, Warner Bros Entertainment, Beverly Hills and The J...

Arrive Easily With Sixt And Germanwings »

March 10, 2014 at 11:29AM PDT | Source: Sixt

Sixt Continues its Successful Partnership with the Well-known Airline; Move Easily and Conveniently from Plane to Rental Car
Munich/Berlin, 7 March 2014 – Sixt, one of Europe’s leading mobility providers, and Germanwings, Germany’s biggest low-cost airline, are set to continue their successful partnership. As Germanwings’ car rental partner, Sixt offers passengers a comprehensive mobility service as part of this alliance. Right after booking their flights online, passengers can reserve Sixt rental vehicles on the Germanwings website www.germanwings.com. Customers can look forward to the Sixt vehicle of their choice at any Germanwings destination, before or after the flight. Sixt and Germanwings have been working together for their customers’ benefit since 2002...

Celebrity Chef Jason Atherton's First Restaurant In The Middle East To Debut In InterContinental Dubai Marina »

March 10, 2014 at 9:43AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

March 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // Dubai, UAE - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the largest international hotel group in the Middle East, announced today that celebrity chef Jason Atherton will debut his first restaurant in the Middle East in the upcoming InterContinental Dubai Marina.
Atherton cut his culinary teeth in Dubai when he served as executive chef of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Verre in 2001. He then gained worldwide recognition in 2011 when his flagship London restaurant, Pollen Street Social, was awarded a Michelin star just one year after opening its doors. Having earned accolades including British GQ Chef of the Year, Jason Atherton is now returning to Dubai to expand his international culinary reach, which includes highly acclaimed restaurants in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens Hotel In Downtown Huntsville, Alabama »

March 10, 2014 at 9:31AM PDT | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

Hotel Expands Extended Stay Offerings in the City Center
March 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // HUNTSVILLE, Ala. and MCLEAN, Va. – Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotels, announced today the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Huntsville – Downtown, Alabama.
The four-story hotel is the seventh Homewood Suites property in the state of Alabama and is the second in the city of Huntsville. The hotel features 101-suites, and is owned by Huntsville Hotels III LLC, and managed by PHD Hotels, Inc. General Manager Vickie Thrower and Director of Sales Tamara Gunn have been in the hotel industry for a combined 68 years.
"As a hub for aerospace, science and technology industries, a center for military operations, and home of a leading tourist attraction, Huntsville's downtown area is a prime location for a Homewood Suites," said Vickie Thrower, general manager, Homewood Suites Huntsville – Downtown...

IHG® Signs Two More Hotels Under Two Multiple Development Agreements In Germany »

March 10, 2014 at 6:43AM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

March 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world's largest hotel companies has announced the signing of two more hotels in Germany under two existing multiple development agreements (MDA's) in place with long standing partners.
Holiday Inn Express® Siegen will be a newly constructed 120-room hotel operating under a franchise agreement with existing MDA partner Tristar Hotel & Management GmbH. The property will be the first IHG hotel to open in Siegen, a popular university town in Germany with a population in excess of 100,000. Due to open towards the end of 2015, the hotel is centrally located on an intersection in the heart of the city; and within walking distance of the main rail station...

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Anticipates Record-Breaking Growth Over The Next 12 Months »

March 10, 2014 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

The Global Hotel Icon will open 35 Hotels, Putting it on Track to Reach its 500th Hotel Milestone in 2016
Building on its 'First in Market' Legacy, Sheraton is Set to Debut in Samoa, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan and Return to Iraq
SEATTLE - March 10, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced from the Sheraton Hotels General Manager Summit in Seattle that its largest and most global brand is poised for record-breaking growth over the next 12 months with 35 new hotels expected to open. Nearly half of the new Sheraton hotels will open in China, widening Starwood's lead as the largest upper-upscale global hotel operator in Asia Pacific. Enhancing its reputation as a global powerhouse, Sheraton will also enter numerous new markets including Samoa, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan, and return to Iraq...

Hyatt Hotels Corporation Announces Webcast Of Investor Meeting On March 14 »

March 07, 2014 at 7:57AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

CHICAGO - March 07, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation ("Hyatt" or the "Company") (NYSE: H) announced today that it will webcast its Investor Meeting which is being held on Friday, March 14, 2014.
All interested persons may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the Investor Meeting, from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CT. The webcast may be accessed through the Company's website at www.hyatt.com and selecting the Investor Relations link located at the bottom of the page, or by dialing 617.399.5124, passcode #36968775. A copy of the presentation will be available on the Company's website on Friday, March 14, prior to the commencement of the webcast.
For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available from 3:00 p...

Hyatt Place Manati Opens In Puerto Rico »

March 07, 2014 at 6:57AM PST | Source: Hyatt Place

The opening marks the second Hyatt Place in Puerto Rico in collaboration with PRISA Group
March 07, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), PRISA Group and McConnell Valdes Consulting today announced the opening of Hyatt Place Manatí in Manatí, Puerto Rico. The Governor of Puerto Rico, the Hon. Alejandro Garcia Padilla, attended the hotel's ribbon-cutting ceremony. Hyatt Place Manatí represents the first international hotel brand in the north central region of Puerto Rico and the second Hyatt Place hotel to open in Puerto Rico within the last three months, marking for a strong return of Hyatt-branded hotels to the Island after a seven-year absence.
In December of 2013, Puerto Rico's first Hyatt Place hotel opened in the municipality of Bayamon and has been warmly received by the region...



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